Sep. 29th, 1980
Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA
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Zachary Levi Pugh (/ˈzækəri ˈliːvaɪ ˈpjuː/; born September 29, 1980) is an American actor, director, and singer. He is best known for his roles as Kip Steadman in the sitcom Less than Perfect and as Chuck Bartowski in the series Chuck. He appeared in the films Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Tangled, and Thor: The Dark World.
Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the son of Susan and Darrell Pugh. He is of Welsh ancestry. When Levi was a child, his family moved across several states before finally heading back to their home in Ventura, California, where he attended Buena High School for four years. He began acting on stage at the age of six, performing lead roles in regional productions such as Grease, The Outsiders, Oklahoma!, Oliver!, The Wizard of Oz, and Big River at the Ojai Art Center. He chose his middle name as his stage name because his agent told him that "a guy named Zach Pugh would not be going far in Hollywood".
Levi first appeared in the FX television movie Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie. He played Kipp Steadman on the ABC sitcom Less than Perfect. He also portrayed a potential boyfriend of Charisma Carpenter's character, Jane, in the ABC Family television movie See Jane Date. Levi was slated to be a lead in an ABC pilot called Three for the 2004/2005 television season, but the show was not picked up.
He landed the starring role in Chuck in 2007. Levi and his Chuck co-star, Yvonne Strahovski, were both nominated for Best Action Actor and Actress Choice TV Series for the Teen Choice Awards 2010 where they both won and presented. In the summer of 2008, Levi was named one of Entertainment Weekly's Top Thirty People Under Thirty. He later starred in the film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel in the lead role as Dave's cousin Toby Seville. In 2010 he is presented Kids' Choice Awards, were both a winner for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel in Best Favorite Movie. He starred in the 2010 Disney-animated feature film Tangled, which is based on the popular fairy tale Rapunzel. He voices Flynn Rider, a bandit who finds refuge in Rapunzel's tower. He provided narration in the 2011 film Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story, a documentary about the game of Monopoly. Levi hosted the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards.
BuddyTV ranked him #97 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011". Levi landed the male lead in the 2012 TV pilot Let It Go, which would have aired on Fox, but was not picked up. Levi hosted the web documentaries Tomb Raider The Final Hours, going behind the scenes of the new Tomb Raider game. He was originally to portray Fandral in Thor, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with Chuck. He did play the role in the sequel, Thor: The Dark World (2013), after original actor 'Josh Dallas' had scheduling conflicts of his own. Levi made his Broadway debut in a production of the musical comedy First Date in August 2013.
In January 2015, it was announced that Levi will be a lead member of the cast of NBC's 13-episode miniseries Heroes Reborn as Luke Collins. He will also be guest-starring as Abraham Lincoln in the Hulu original series Deadbeat.
On September 1, 2015, it was announced that Levi will join the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of She Loves Me in the lead role of Georg, alongside Laura Benanti as Amalia.
On June 16, 2014, Canadian actress 'Missy Peregrym' announced via Twitter that she and Levi had married in Maui, Hawaii along with posting a photo of them in matching Mr. and Mrs. hoodies. The marriage was short-lived and they filed for divorce in April of 2015, with the separation date listed in court documents as December 3, 2014.
- Was already offered a role in the theater production of Young Frankenstein in New York when Chuck pushed through with filming and got picked up. Roger Bart took his place instead.
- Is a good poker player.
- Zac's best friend is Joel David Moore. Moore is also his business partner with the production company Coattails Entertainment.
- Owns a Nissan GT-R super sports car, one of the first people to get one in the US.
- In 2007, Daily News named Zachary Levi as one of five actors to watch.
- Was ranked #22 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list. (2008).
- Had to get 14 stitches on his hand after putting it through a light fixture in his living room during a game of tennis on his Nintendo Wii.
- One of Zac's icons is the late John Ritter.